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Future Stars assists students of all academic backgrounds, interests and talents who share the goal of attending college. We have served clients throughout the Sacramento region — from Granite Bay to Davis — since 1993.

Scott Hamilton is the President of Future Stars College Counseling Center. Scott holds a degree in Psychology from Rutgers University. Prior to becoming a college counselor, Scott was a successful project manager and marketing executive for a Fortune 50 company. He serves at the national level as president of the preeminent association for college consultants, the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and is a member of the Western Association of College Admission Counselors (WACAC). Scott was selected by UC Davis to help create their College Counseling Certificate Program. After the program was designed, Scott was chosen as the first instructor. He is regularly interviewed by local and national publications for his insight and expertise on the college admissions process. 

Scott has spent years researching the college admissions process, has toured hundreds of college campuses, and attends multiple professional conferences annually. He also gives back to the Sacramento community through pro-bono work and as a volunteer presenter at local college nights. These experiences have provided Scott with a great base of knowledge, unsurpassed organizational skills and a deep understanding of teens. He is able to relate well to all types of students in a non-confrontational style while building a relationship based on trust and mutual respect.

 

Jilian Bar-or is a college counselor at Future Stars College Counseling Center. Jilian holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley and a California teaching credential from UC Davis. She has also earned a Certificate in College Admissions Counseling and Career Planning from UC Davis Extension. Jilian has worked as the main academic and college counselor at a local charter high school, and prior to that she was a math, English and social studies teacher. Having experienced the college admissions process as an educator, high school counselor, independent counselor, and successful applicant to a selective university, enables Jilian to incorporate a variety of perspectives into her counseling practice.

Jilian has conducted various college admissions workshops at local high schools and libraries, attends multiple professional conferences annually, and continues to tour a variety of college campuses in order to find the right college match for her clients. She is also a professionally trained SAT instructor and the leader of the Future Stars Spring Break College Tour. Jilian maintains active membership in a variety of professional organizations such as Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). Her strong knowledge base, genuine personality, and experience working with students of all ages allow her to effectively serve teens and their parents in the college admissions process.

 

Marlena Norman is a college counselor at Future Stars College Counseling Center. She holds a Bachelors degree in Communication Studies as well as a Masters degree in Higher Education Leadership from CSU Sacramento. Marlena brings a unique perspective to her work that comes from having served as a college admissions officer at both a public and private university. Her strong desire to guide students through the application process on a more personal level eventually led her to the positions of Assistant Director of College Counseling at a local private high school and Director of College Counseling at two other prestigious, private high schools in California.

Marlena stays current in the field by annually attending multiple professional conferences and touring college campuses. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions and an active member in the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC). She has served on the WACAC Executive Board, and as an Assembly Delegate – a national level governing body that implements college admission policies and regulations. Additionally, she was appointed to the NACAC Human Relations Committee where she recommended and advocated for strategies promoting equal access to postsecondary educational opportunities for all students. 

Marlena's high level of enthusiasm, experience and  knowledge enable her to successfully guide the students she works with to their best college match.

 

Andrèe Thomas is a college counselor at Future Stars College Counseling Center. Andrèe received her Master’s degree in Counselor Education from CSU Sacramento in December of 2008 and began working to build the college counseling program at Mayor Kevin Johnson's St. Hope Academy in Sacramento. When she started working with seniors, approximately 37% were being accepted to four year universities. When Andree left in 2011, 90% of her seniors were attending four year schools, including many of the most selective and prestigious institutions throughout California and across the nation.

Andrèe is a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC), the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). She is also a doctoral student at Drexel University in Sacramento with plans to graduate in Fall of 2015 with an EdD in Higher Education Leadership. In addition, Andrèe is certified in Myers Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI), a personality assessment tool, and the Strong Interest Inventory Career Assessment. She uses this expertise in teaching the Career and Major Choice Foundation Forum at Future Stars.

Andrèe believes in building genuine relationships as she leads students in creating a foundation of sound decisions about where to attend college with a major of study that suits them best.

 

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